Psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and relationship quality

School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast Western Health and Social Care Trust, Omagh Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, UK.
Diabetic Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.06). 04/2011; 28(4):487-92. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03214.x
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ABSTRACT   To examine the associations between psychological adjustment to Type 2 diabetes and the reported quality and type of relationships with partners.
  All participants (n=88) completed a number of questionnaires, including two measures of relationship quality: the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships Scale, the Diabetes Quality of Life Scale and the ATT-19 (which assesses personal integration of diabetes). Additionally, HbA(1c) levels were obtained from medical notes.
  Measures of relationship quality significantly contributed to the explanation of two outcomes: personal integration of diabetes and satisfaction with the burden of self-management behaviours. More specifically, the findings demonstrate that a specific aspect of relationship quality--intimacy in recreational activities--is positively associated with the outcomes mentioned above.
  People with Type 2 diabetes who are not taking insulin, who share engagement in physical activities with their partner are more likely to be psychologically well-adjusted to their diagnosis of diabetes.

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